CALGARY -- This is turning out to be a great day for Calgary Stampeders quarterbacks.
Not only has backup Drew Tate signed a contract extension to remain with the club, Henry Burris was named offensive player of the month for October.
Tate was due to become a free agent at season’s end and he could have commanded a team to make him their starting pivot. But the Iowa product, who spent the past two seasons in Calgary after two in Saskatchewan, loves Calgary and the organization.
“This was the first team that really gave me a chance,” said the 26-year-old last week when this extension was first reported by the Sun.
In limited action this season, Tate has complete 71% of his passes for 521 yards, seven touchdowns with no interceptions for a quarterback rating of 133.9.
In taking over short-yardage situations for Burris, he has five rushing majors on 36 carries for 189 yards.
Burris picked up his play in the final month of the season and was named the Stamps’ nominee for most outstanding player.
In the last six games, Burris has completed 66.9% of his pass for 1,605 yards, 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions. His quarterback rating during that time 120.7, raising his season number to 101.9.
“I’m very pleased to see Henry receive this recognition from the CFL,” said Stampeders GM-head coach John Hufnagel. “His performance and leadership down the stretch are just another indication of why he is Calgary’s nominee for the CFL’s most outstanding player award.”
Hamilton defensive end Stevie Baggs is the defensive player of the month, while Toronto kick returner Chad Owens picked up special teams honours and Saskatchewan receiver Andy Fantuz is the top Canadian.